Engineering alumnus seeks a 3D map of the world

UF alumnus Amir Rubin (B.S. ECE’03) is a serial entrepreneur. As the CEO of Paracosm, a company which he founded, he is leading the development of computer vision and simultaneous-localization-and-mapping (SLAM) technology that is making the next generation of 3D scanning tools possible. Rubin’s vision is to use these tools to someday produce a 3D map of the entire world.

In 2016, Rubin and his team built PX-80, the world’s first mobile LIDAR scanner that produces color data. Shortly afterward, Paracosm was acquired by spatial computing company Occipital, making the combined company a strong force in the world of 3D sensing.

“Amir is a true visionary. He’s that rare innovation pioneer that speaks through his actions not his words,” said Erik Sander, FLEX Executive Director and Michael Durham Director of the UF Engineering Innovation Institute. “He’s also been a great role model and mentor to students and other entrepreneurs in the area.”

Just before graduating from UF’s engineering college, he became the co-founder of Prioria Robotics, where they built robots, drones and embedded systems. Next, he founded the engineering and product development consulting firm Accelerated Perception, LLC. In 2011, he became the first employee of Shadow Health, a learning management system development company founded by engineering faculty member Benjamin Lok.

Rubin’s road to tech success was recently highlighted on the 106th episode of the  WHOA GNV podcast, as reported by the Business Report of North Central Florida.